The Putnam County Prosecutor's office says it will seek charges against a former employee of the Greencastle Wal-Mart for allegedly sending harassing phone messages to a patron of the store.
Prosecutor's investigators did not want to identify the name of the suspect on Friday because they were still trying to determine his identity. The sheriff's deputy who investigated the alleged incident gave the prosecutor's office the suspect's name, however, there is more than one person living in the Greencastle area who has the same name.
On Friday, Prosecutor's Investigator Charles Bollinger was trying to track down the right suspect and planned to interview the victim before turning over his report to the prosecutor for review. Charges could be filed next week.
Reading from Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Simmons' report on the incident, Bollinger said the victim, identified as Jamie Cashion of Cloverdale, contacted police on Dec. 18 and stated that she had received more than 100 unsolicited text messages, on her cell phone, from a Wal-Mart employee whom she met while having her car serviced at the Wal-Mart oil lube a month prior.
Some of the text messages were sexually explicit and requested contact with the victim.
Bollinger said Cashion worked with the cell phone company to track down the suspect whom police contacted at the store and told him to stop.
At first, he denied making the phone calls, but later admitted, according to the police report Bollinger read.
A spokesman for Wal-Mart, Sharon Weber told the BannerGraphic Friday that "the person is no longer employed by Wal-Mart."
"It is a police investigation and we are cooperating in every way possible," Weber said. "The safety and security of our customers is always important to us and is a top priority."
The manager overseeing the oil lube where the suspect was employed told the BannerGraphic, via telephone, that she didn't have any information to give at the time and then hung up the phone.
A store manager also declined to comment and directed the BannerGraphic to the corporate spokesperson.
Attempts to reach Cashion for comment were unsuccessful.